Microsoft is currently working on its new Spotlight-like launcher app for Windows 10. With this new launcher app, Microsoft is planning to replace the existing Win + R shortcut. This new launcher app will include options to quickly search apps and files across Windows. It will also come with support for plugins like calculators, dictionaries, and search engines.
As per the earlier reports, the company has been working on this feature since January 2020, and now, the company is planning to release an initial public beta of this app in May.
If we consider its functioning, an early version of this app supports basic search tasks that are typically handled by the built-in Windows Start menu search functionality. But at a later stage, the company planned to make this a more powerful launcher that’s similar to Alfred on macOS and more functional than Apple’s Spotlight search.
Microsoft is working with the open-source community and apps like Wox to integrate plugins. UX designer Niels Laute created a concept design for the launcher back in February, and now, the company is adapting some of his codes to give this launcher a modern look for amazing user experience.
This upcoming Spotlight-like launcher is one of many PowerToys that Microsoft is actively developing. The company has brought back PowerToys last year to allow anyone to improve Windows 10 for power users.
As of now, the Win + R shortcut is quite outdated now and is used by Windows power users to launch cmd prompts, regedit, powershell instances, and some shortcuts for Windows functionality. Well, this new launcher will come with all such functionality but with a modern design and might be more powerful than the traditional Win + R.
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